Dr. William Brackney
Dr. William Brackney came to Acadia in July 2006. He brought a wealth of scholarly, ministry, and administrative experience to his appointment as the first Millard R. Cherry Distinguished Professor of Christian Thought and Ethics at Acadia.
Previously Dr. Brackney taught at Houghton College, Colgate Rochester Divinity School, and Eastern Baptist Seminary where he held the chair in the History of Christianity that his mentor, Norman H. Maring, had occupied. Dr. Brackney was Vice President and Dean at Eastern, later becoming the Principal of McMaster Divinity College in 1988. At McMaster he assumed the professorial rank of professor of historical theology and as a member of the Faculty of Theology; he was also dean of that university faculty. Dr. Brackney’s work was soon recognized in the Toronto School of Theology (TST)where he was elected a member of both the historical and theological area faculties of graduate studies at TST.
In 2000 Dr. Brackney became the chair of the Department of Religion at Baylor University and an adjunct faculty member of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor. He began the Program in Baptist Studies at Baylor that eventually produced a dozen doctoral graduates.
For many years, Brackney has been a student of post-Reformation Protestant Thought, including the life and thought of the Baptists and the Radical Reformation. Dr. Brackney has also done major work in the area of human rights and global ethics from a Free Church perspective, producing the five volume Human Rights and the World’s Major Religions.
In Canada he has served on the national boards of the Canadian Council of Churches, the Church’s Council on Theological Education, the Canadian Bible Society, and InterVarsity Canada. He is an ordained Baptist minister who frequently serves in pastoral ministry, including four congregations in Nova Scotia, most recently, Billtown Baptist Church.
Brackney’s graduate students include professors at colleges and theological schools as well as an array of missionaries and pastors in various denominations. He has mentored over thirty doctoral theses and dissertations.
On July 1, 2017, Dr. William H. Brackney retired after eleven years of service with Acadia Divinity College. He served as the Dr. Millard R. Cherry Distinguished Professor of Christian Thought and Ethics as well as the Director of the Acadia Centre for Baptist and Anabaptist Studies (ACBAS). In May 2017, Acadia University conferred the distinction of Professor Emeritus on Dr. Brackney. The honour recognizes his distinguished academic career and exemplary service to the College and University.
Dr. Brackney is married to Kathryn, an artist, and they have two sons and a daughter, and they reside in the historic Gaspereau Valley.